What is Your Response?

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I want to recap on John chapter 5. We went through it on Wednesday night and I want to catch those of you who weren’t here up.

Jesus makes some radical statements. First, Jesus heals a man… But the story is not about this man or his healing. Although, it is a miracle. But the climax of the story is that it was done on the Sabbath.

Vs. 16 – “For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.

So they put Jesus on trial there and He gives them an amazing answer! I want you to notice that He doesn’t get into a debate with them over their ridiculous additions to the Sabbath Day laws. He doesn’t dialogue with them that it’s ok to do good on the Sabbath. He answer their assault in an amazing way. But it’s not going to make it easier for Him… It’s actually going to increase their hatred and they are going to seek to kill Him even more.

Please look with me at verse 17.

But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.

Here is what they heard Jesus say about his relationship to God.

Verse 18: “This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

You MUST be Born Again

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1) What does the Bible teach about being born again?

This term “born again” is very precious and very crucial in the Bible. I just want to highlight one point (out of many) that the Bible makes clear. We ready it in John 3:

Being Born Again is a Necessity 

Jesus said to Nicodemus in John 3:7, “You must be born again.” Not, “I suggest it,” or, “Your life would improve if you added this experience.”

2) What Happens to You When You Are Born Again?

  1. It is Supernatural

God the Holy Spirit must come upon you and bring new life into existence.

  1. It is getting a new life.

What Nicodemus needs is not more religion but life.

What happens in the new birth is that life comes into being that was not there before.

2 Cor 5:17 – “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.

That’s what New birth looks like. It’s Supernatural. It’s Not religious but it’s life. And it’s not an improvement on the old but it is actually new life all together.

3) Are You Born Again?

I held up what New Birth looked like so that you can look at it and say, “Yes that’s me or I have no idea what your talking about… I have never experienced that.”

FollowMe

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And he said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Jesus comes to these fishermen and says, “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men,” one thing is clear – Jesus is not some simple rabbi begging people to follow Him. He is the King of kings and Lord of lords who deserves submission from everyone.

Do we realize the weight of the one who has invited us to follow him? He is worthy of more than church attendance and casual association; he is worthy of total abandonment and supreme adoration.” – David Platt

This is what this message is about. We desire to examine the Scriptures and compare them to our lives and experiences to confirm that they match up or to repent when they don’t.

Knowing the Father

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“If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” – John 14:7-11

Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.” 

Jesus said to him,  “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. 

Let me paraphrase this passage for you – When you look at Jesus you are looking at the Father. When you see the things Jesus did you are seeing the things the Father did also. When Jesus healed people the Father healed them… When Jesus did miracles the Father did them.

In other words if you Know Jesus you Know the Father too.

So this makes it very simple in our study of trying to figure out what the Father is like! Because all’s that we need to do is look at Jesus and we see the representation of the Father.

Knowing Jesus

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Phil 3:8 – I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.

You know what the world calls statements like Paul’s? Religious extremism. Fanaticism. You “count everything as loss”? Sounds dangerous. Have you thought about seeing a therapist?

Paul is no fundamentalist extremist driven by fear or anger to force his creed on others. He’s a man in love. Christians are people in love with Jesus. He’s not our worldview; he’s our Bridegroom. We pour over the Word and pray to commune with our Beloved. The Bible is only worth studying to help us know him! Preaching, teaching and evangelism is not our job or obligation but a longing that others know him too.